Happy Friday the Fifth of Hell…

Hey…are you working today?  No?  Shush then.  If you’re at work today and reading this…contact me.  I’d love to talk to you.  Use the contact page here if you don’t have my information.

Now that’s out of the way…there’s technically not much in tech news today.  One of the biggest innovators in the history of computers, Douglas Engelbart – creator of the Mouse (in 1968!) and other things, passed away on Tuesday night at age 88. Word is that he disliked the nickname “mouse” for the unit, but it stuck.  Without him you couldn’t navigate this page at all because he was one of the creators of ARPANET, the forerunner to the worldwideweb…and we should remember him for that.

How did you celebrate your 4th of July?  My friends and I blew up things as is our nature. (Scary…we’re adults…sorta.)  I wanted to bring this toy to the party, but apparently my cred isn’t good enough for a loan…

Apple is being sued by Boston University for using something they patented in iOS7…something that 99% of the people who use iPhones don’t know what it is or how it works.  (They also are the ones who don’t understand how a microwave oven works…if you don’t understand that, click the link please. 🙂 )  Just understand it has something to do with the screen and semiconductors.  Here’s a link to the patent.  If you can figure that out, call me…I’d love to hear it.

Lastly…George Orwell would have been 110 back on June 25th.  To celebrate the author’s birthday, two Dutch entrepreneurs went around the city of Utrecht, placing party hats on CCTV cameras pointed at their populace.  People here complain about their rights being trampled on?  Try living in other countries where you don’t even have the rights to start with.

“Always eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or bed- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters in your skull.” – George Orwell, 1984

I’ll end on a favorite Thomas Jefferson quote.  He wasn’t a perfect man…but we owe him much and should remember what he and many of our founding fathers taught us.

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson

Have a happy weekend and see you all back here on monday! 🙂

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